In our twelth year, ninety-five participants from a wide range of ages, represented 35 different churches, 13 denominations, and 2 independent congregations. Since our first Workshop in 2006, women have come from nearly 150 different congregations! We help each other grow in understanding Scripture, strengthening both those who teach and those who study on their own.
Please view the video of our history under the section entitled "About Women in the Word" directly above "Workshop Details."
God’s revelation of Himself to us and for us is worth digging into and hearing it speak. Women in the Word: A Workshop provides tools to do that digging. The Workshop helps refine the study tools you may already have and gives you some new ones. You try out these tools as you work through your assigned passages in preparation for the Workshop. At the Workshop, you see and hear those tools modeled in large group sessions. Then you practice and refine them during the six hours spent with the Bible in small study groups.
One 2016 participant made this observation about what she learned from Libbie's talks on context: "When we use a very close, narrow, limited context, or take verses out of context, 'central ideas' tend to be man-centered, legalistic, and all about what I can expect from God. As we zoom out to bigger and bigger contexts, something happens! The smaller the context, the bigger we are. The bigger the context, the bigger God is!"
Reflections from a 2017 Participant:
Is life too busy? It certainly is for me. Each Sunday, I hear the Word of God preached and come away with a resolution that I would spend some uninterrupted time studying the Word. Yet, life intrudes, and I find myself clearing away the daily notifications from my Bible app. So, when the announcement about Women in the Word was made at church last month, I took it as God’s way of getting my attention with a different kind of notification system. I went home and registered for the Workshop.
When the pre-workshop study materials arrived in my inbox, I was thrilled to see that I was assigned the book of Daniel. I made copies of the text, underlined and color coded the passages, read through the book, and began looking up commentaries. Within a few weeks it became apparent that I was losing focus and trying to cover too many lines of inquiry. The next notification came from the pulpit: “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” Daniel’s testimony was succinctly reiterated for me in the words of Apostle Peter!
At last the day of the Workshop arrived. I sat at the table with six other women who had been studying the book of Daniel. The general session started with a lecture by Dr. Karen Jobes. Using 1 John, she led us through the stages of studying and analyzing a text before finally discerning the message contained within it. The conference motto, “The Word is Worth the Work,” rang true again and again throughout the lecture series.
During small group sessions we reviewed one another’s central ideas, collected insights gleaned from our studies, and shared our testimonies and prayer requests. One of the group members shared her testimony about caring for her son with a severe physical handicap for over 20 years. When asked about the redemptive significance of the miracle of Jesus healing the woman with a bleeding disease, this sister responded, “The woman’s disease was a channel through which she was led to Jesus.”
What a blessing it was to get to know our heavenly father together with my sisters. I made time to meet with Him over a weekend in October. It felt like traveling back to my homeland, speaking in my native tongue, and meeting with my own countrymen (women). It was worth the work!
The 2018 Women in the Word Workshop is October 12 and 13 -- our 13th!
Registration begins on May 1!
2018 Date: October 12 - 13
Location: Calvary Presbyterian Church
405 N. Easton Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Minutes from the Willow Grove Mall, the church is easily accessible from the PA Turnpike (take exit 343; go 1 mile south on North Easton Road; church is on left).
$99 per person, including Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. Lodging and breakfast are not included.
Registration deadline is September 12, 2018.
Cancellation requests must also be made by September 12 in order to qualify for a $75 refund.
A limited number of scholarships are available, allocated on a first-come, first-served need basis.
Request through email@example.com.
Hampton Inn in Willow Grove is 5 minutes from Calvary PCA. Room rate is $109, plus tax, and includes breakfast.
Call the hotel at 215-659-3535 and mention "Women in the Word Group,"
or register online at www.willowgrovepa.hamptoninn.com and use the group code WWC.
To ensure the group rate, make reservations by September 22.
Saturday overnights may be arranged with the hotel for the same price.
Childcare Not Provided
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018
1:00 PM Sign In & Study Group Introductions
2:00 PM General Session 1
2:45 PM Refreshment Break
3:00 PM General Session 2
4:15 PM Refreshment Break
4:30 PM Study Group Session 1
6:15 PM Dinner (included)
7:15 PM General Session 3
8:45 PM Close for evening
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
8:30 AM Coffee, Tea
9:00 AM Study Group Session 2
10:30 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM General Session 4
12:00 PM Lunch (included)
1:00 PM Study Group Session 3
2:30 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM Study Group Session 4
4:00 PM Pulling It All Together
4:30 PM End of Workshop